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Coronavirus: Rodgers not considering possibility of neutral venues for Leicester

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Though Leicester may be placed under a local lockdown, Brendan Rodgers claimed he is not thinking about playing at neutral venues.

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers insists he is paying no heed to the possibility of playing home games at neutral venues amid suggestions the region will be placed under a local lockdown.

Three of the Foxes' remaining seven Premier League fixtures - against Crystal Palace, Sheffield United and Manchester United - are due to be staged at the King Power Stadium.

However, a spike in COVID-19 cases in the city of Leicester - where 866 of their 2,987 positive cases have been reported in the two weeks to June 23 - has led to the possibility of the region being placed back under a localised lockdown.

That could prevent Champions League-chasing Leicester from playing at their own ground and while Rodgers acknowledged his players are prepared for any eventuality, he is trying not to focus on the possibility of playing at neutral venues.

"It's something I'm not really thinking of, to be honest," Rodgers told reporters at a news conference on Monday.

"It's all hypothetical at the moment so there's nothing really to answer on. We'll just get on with our work.

"Nothing's changed really in terms of how we've been working thus far throughout this situation.

"I've always said, we'll react accordingly. We have to have agility in this period.

"In this moment in time we're in the safest place we can be in terms of our work, the stadium also, it's a very safe environment for the games to be in. We'll just keep working until we're told otherwise."

Rodgers tested positive for coronavirus himself in March but recovered during the Premier League's hiatus.

Though the region where Leicester play is struggling to contain COVID-19, Rodgers believes the players are as well protected as they can be.

"As a football club, we're very protected, the players and everyone, we're still in a bubble where the players are in, they're tested twice a week," Rodgers said after Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final loss to Chelsea.

"They're virtually in and back home again, a lot of them don't live in that central Leicester area, it's more urban and outside of that.

"You're always concerned nationally in terms of COVID and trying to ensure the rates are down, but I think we're in a position here at the club, like most other clubs, we're very much protected.

"We couldn't be in a better place so that gives confidence to continue your work."

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